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How Much Does Biolife Pay for Plasma Donation

Plasma is a pale yellow liquid component of your blood that can easily be replaced by the body. It is mainly made up of water and proteins, which help with controlling bleeding and preventing infection. 

Plasma is necessary for a lot of modern medical therapies like treatments for bleeding, immune system conditions, respiratory disorders as well as blood transfusions. 

When donating your plasma, your blood is drawn from your body and it is then processed by a machine that separates and extracts the plasma from the blood, after this, the other blood components like the red blood cells are then mixed with saline which is used to replace the withdrawn plasma and the mixture is then returned to your body.

There are some diseases that can only be treated using plasma-based medications. Plasma can not be produced artificially so people with some rare diseases rely on plasma donors.

Donating plasma has become a trendy way to make money on the side for a lot of people. There are many plasma donation centres but not all of them pay t plasma donors well. You are not really paid for the plasma but you are paid for the time you spent at the centre. Each plasma donation can take up to an hour or even two hours to complete depending on the centre you are doing your plasma donation. 

Biolife Plasma Services is one of the highest paying plasma donation centres in the world. They have several locations in over 30 different states. In Biolife they pay you each time you come to donate plasma. 

People that benefit from plasma donation are:

  • People with haemophilia, 
  • People with immune deficiencies, 
  • Emergency room patients, 
  • Burn victims.

Plasma is the largest component of the human blood comprising about 55 percent and plasma consists of salts, proteins, water, enzymes and antibodies. 

Water contained in plasma is about 92%, and this helps to keep water and other nutrients flowing through your heart. The remaining 8 percent of plasma consists of proteins, electrolytes and immunoglobulin.

How Much Does Biolife Pay Per Donation

Biolife usually pays about $20 on your first visit to their centre for plasma donation and on your second visit during the week they pay you between $30-$50. Biolife also has promotions sometimes and other payments that you can take advantage of to get more money.

Donation week for Biolife is from Monday to Thursday so it is advisable to do your second plasma donation for the week before Thursday to increase your chances of making enough money for the month. 

Like some other plasma donation centres, Biolife gives you a debit card that you can use at many stores and you can also withdraw money from the ATM using the debit card. However, when withdrawing money you will most likely pay a fee of less than $5 from your Biolife debit card at an ATM or when you are transferring money to your bank account. 

Plasma donation requires commitment both in the amount of time you spend for each donation and for the amount of times you donate your plasma. You can donate plasma twice within a week.

How much do you make donating plasma at biolife 

Most Biolife plasma donors can make up to $50-$70 per week. Most biolife donors earn between  $200-$280 per month. The amount you earn depends on your plasma donation schedule. Biolife offers a one time promotional opportunity for first time plasma donors that can help them make up to $900 per month. 

Like some plasma donation centres, biolife will pay you extra money if you successfully refer someone to them. Biolife can pay you $100 per referral. 

Your Biolife debit card works at any store that accepts Mastercard.

There are some factors that can affect how much you can make from plasma donation such as:

  • The amount of times you donate plasma.
  • The amount of plasma you donated. 
  • Your weight. 
  • The plasma donation centre you choose.

There is a limit to the number of times you can donate plasma. The normal waiting period after one plasma donation is 24 hours at least. This will give your body to replace the lost plasma and for you to properly rehydrate. 

Biolife donors compensation varies depending on location and the amount of times you donate. The compensation also depends on biolife promotions. 

Plasma carries out a lot of critical functions in the human body such as clotting blood, fighting diseases, etc.

One of the main functions of plasma is the removal of waste. Plasma transports waste to other parts of the body like kidneys or the liver for excretion. Plasma can also help to regulate the body temperature by absorbing heat and releasing heat as needed. 

How much does biolife pay for plasma Donation 2022

Compensation for biolife plasma donors is given to them in a debit card. In biolife, blood plasma is collected through a process called “plasmapheresis”. The plasmapheresis machine alternates the cycle between collection and separation of plasma and the  returning of your red and white blood cells and platelets back to your body. 

Plasma that is collected at Biolife Plasma Services is then processed into a variety of life-saving therapeutics that can benefit thousands of people each day.

You can make up to $200-$280 per month in 2022. This can come with an extra $150 if you have successfully referred someone to them. Biolife has promotions that allow you to earn up to $900 if you are a first time plasma donor and potentially $700 per month after that.

To be able to participate in the Biolife plasmapheresis program you have to meet a few criteria. 

  • You have to be at least 18 years old to be able to donate plasma.
  • You must weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • You must be in good health on the day you plan on donating your plasma. 
  • You have to provide all the necessary identification documents that contain your photo, date of birth, a signature and an acceptable donor identification number. 
  • You have to eat healthy and have an adequate intake of fluids.
  • Proof of address. 

Plasma donation should be an almost painless procedure. The only pain you should feel is when the needle is inserted into your skin. 

Plasma donation, in most cases, is a safe process but it has its side effects. These are usually minor side effects.  Some side effects are:


Plasma has a lot of water, so after plasma donation, people usually experience dehydration but this is never a severe situation. 


Plasma contains a lot of nutrients and salts. Fatigue can happen when the body does not have enough salts and nutrients. You can lose some of these substances through plasma donation. This is a common side effect after donating plasma but it is usually not severe. 

Dizziness and Fainting 

Nutrients and salts are very important when it comes to keeping the body functional and alert, so losing some of those salts and nutrients through plasma Donation can lead to an imbalance which results in dizziness, lightheadedness and fainting. 


There will always be a small risk of infection whenever a needle is used to pierce your skin. The needle could possibly carry bacteria not only beneath your skin surface but also into your vein. This could lead to an infection in your blood or at the place of injection. 

The usual blood groups for plasma donation are AB positive and AB negative. You will have to pass a medical screening before you begin your plasma donation process. You will also have to fill a medical history form before going through the medical screening process. After the medical screening, a staff member at the plasma donation center will do a finger prick test, which checks the level of protein and haemoglobin you have in your blood.

The whole plasma donation process, including the registration, screening and donation takes about 60-90 minutes. You need to monitor how frequently you donate your plasma. You can donate plasma up to 13 times per year.

 It is advisable to drink only clear non-alcoholic fluids, preferably water, before your visit to the plasma donation centre. Doing this can help to prevent lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting and fatigue. 

Jakub Borowiec
Jakub Borowiec
Financial markets enthusiast. I studied management at the University of Economics in Wroclaw.

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